Soft Formalities Private View

You and a guest are warmly invited to the next Studio 3 Gallery exhibition:

Soft Formalities

Susie Green, Emmet Kierans, Kari Stewart, Christian Newby (with Ana Martinez Fernandez and Drew Liverman)


Private View: Wednesday 18 January 2017, 17:30 – 20:00


19 January – 24 March 2017

Monday – Friday, 11am-5pm, Admission Free

Studio 3 Gallery, School of Arts

Jarman Building, University of Kent

Canterbury CT2 7UG


Soft Formalities considers the place of formalism within the contemporary practices of Susie Green, Emmet Kierans, Kari Stewart and Christian Newby (in collaboration with Ana Martinez Fernandez and Drew Liverman), particularly in relation to the legacy of Modern Art. Formalism refers to the arrangements of form, colour, line, and composition in a work of art. While these elements are fundamental building blocks in the creation of any image or form, during modernity these traits often became the content of the work through experimentations with ‘pure’ abstraction. Decades later, in our contemporary moment, artists still contend with that additional historical weight; a legacy where whole shapes and colours and lines feel already claimed and colonised. The artists featured in this exhibition work through these layered complexities in a series of paintings, drawings, sculptures, ceramics and a hand-tufted rug.

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Image: Emmet Kierans, Tangible Thoughts 3 (detail), 2016. Courtesy of the artist.

The Total Works Talks: After the Break

The Total Works Talks: After the Break

Tuesday, March 8th 2016

17:15 – 19:30

Studio 3 Gallery, Jarman Building

Gallery 3

We invite you to the first of our new series The Total Work, where leading academics from the School of Arts are invited to give brief talks linking our current exhibition to their areas of research. In this first instalment we welcome Melissa Trimingham (Drama), Lawrence Jackson (Film) and Michael Newall (History of Art) who will be exploring topics ranging from Josef Albers and colour, to the music and theatre of Bauhaus parties, to how German Expressionism influenced early Hollywood. 

More information for this free event can be found here